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Prof Tissa Vitarana

Banks urged to support rural projects to reduce the burden of foreign debts - Prof Tissa Vitarana

By Manjari Peiris in Colombo

Tissa Vitarana"The General Motors of United States of America have curtailed 60% of their motor vehicle production now. This has resulted in reducing the demand for Sri Lanka tyres and other rubber products. Exports of tyres by Loadstar too have been severely affected." Professor Tissa Vitarana, Minister of Science & Technology revealed at a ceremony held in Kalutara, organized by the People’s Bank Regional Office in Kalutara District in collaboration with the Ministry of Science & Technology.

The meeting to decide the fate of the UNP Leader postponed for today

Ranil The UNP members of parliament who participated in the morning session urged the meeting to continue yesterday at Sirikotha at 5 pm, for an immediate decision on the no-confidence motion against the Party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, but it was postponed as majority of the MPs failed to attend the said meeting The proposed afternoon session to decide the fate of the UNP leader was postponed for today, as there were only 15 MPs present in the afternoon session, even Ranil Wickremesinghe too was not present. The meeting is now rescheduled for 11 am today and the MPs are to meet in the Parliamentary complex .

International tobacco control award for Dr Mira Aghi

By Bobby Ramakant

Noted tobacco control advocate and a United Nations consultant Dr Mira Aghi was conferred upon the International award in recognition of her lifetime contribution to advancing tobacco control initiatives for women. The "International Network of Women Against Tobacco" (INWAT) presented its Tribute for Outstanding Service to Women award to Dr Mira Aghi (65 years) at the recently concluded "14th World Conference on Tobacco or Health" (WCTOH) in Mumbai, India.

Norway Supports Demining Project in Sri Lanka

Norwegian Embassy in Colombo in a press release reported that on Tuesday Nanda Godage, Head of the Demining Unit in Milinda Moragoda Institute and Mr. Tore Hattrem, Ambassador of Norway, signed an agreement about support for humanitarian demining activities. According to the Embassy statement, "For the year 2009, the Government of Norway will provide Rs. 140 million to Milinda Moragoda Institute for People’s Empowerment, Sarvatra and Horizon to participate in the Sri Lankan Government’s Humanitarian Mine Action Programme."

Remembering L.H. Mettananda : Colonialism, nationalism and Buddhist revivalism

L.H. MettanandaThe watershed in Sri Lanka’s post – independence period i.e. 1956, which led to the socio – cultural emancipation of the vast majority of the people of this country would not have been possible if not for the invaluable contribution of L.H. Mettananda. Though front line politicians grabbed the lions’ share of the power and glory for the nation’s huge turn around in 1956, posterity is likely to concede a much greater share of credit to Mettananda and the Buddhist movement that he led in the first two decades following independence in 1948, for the sweeping changes that took place in the religious, educational and cultural spheres.

Tamil Diaspora and the Church: What comes next?

By Dr. Edward Perera

Some Tamils who live in Western countries are not only good at news breaking but also good at breaking any established social system where peace and democracy prevail. With their unconditional support to the local Tamil Tiger terrorists, they all have caused the enormous damage to the economy of Sri Lanka, where many Tamils (60% of the Tamil population) live in harmony among the Sinhalese. Through continuous massacres, attacking industrial and other service organizations, places of public and religious interests, Tamil Tiger terrorists have proved their ability to destroy. During last 30 years, these Tamil youths were trained to use deadly weapons but not taught to cultivate even a single inch of land.

Lankan Health Minister welcomes all international assistance for IDPs

By Ravi Ladduwahetty- Sri Lanka Editor- Asian Tribune

Nimal De SilvaSri Lankan Healthcare and Nutrition Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva , yesterday thanked the Indian Government for all the assistance provided to Government in providing a mobile hospital at Pulmuddai for Internally Displaced Persons and said that the Government welcomed all assistance from all countries at this critical juncture. The Minister also said that assistance was pouring from Switzerland, Arabia, UNICEF, WHO and the World Bank.

TNSM flexing muscles: Sufi Muhammad warns Swat judges to stay away from courts

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune correspondent in Pakistan

Sufi MuhammadAtleast sixteen judges including District Sessions Judge, four additional sessions judges and eleven civil judges have quit Swat Valley on Tuesday after warning hurled by the chief of Tehreek-i-Nifaz-e-Shariat Muhammad (TNSM), Sufi Muhammad at them. According to official sources the judges left the valley as a result of Sufi Muhammad’s warning asking the lawyers to stay away from courts claiming that there is no role for lawyers in the Qazi courts (sharia courts).

"LTTE causing severe hardships to fleeing civilians": President Rajapaksa tells UN Secretary General in Tele- Conference

By Ravi Ladduwahetty- Sri Lanka Editor- Asian Tribune

Mahinda & Ban Ki MoonSri Lankan President Rajapaksa, in a telephone conference with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon last evening , said that the resistance by the LTTE to release the civilians held by it, has caused severe hardship to these persons entrapped by the LTTE, while there have been simultaneous threats and dangers to those fleeing the LTTE hold to Government held areas. In a teleconference which commenced at 6.30 pm and lasted 17 minutes, the matters revolved round humanitarian situation in the North, efforts of the Government to ensure the supply of food, medicines and other assistance to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) , conditions in the IDP villages, political initiatives by the Government and the recently published statement by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR).

Sri Lanka Navy saves 643 fleeing civilians in 35 boats: LTTE shoots Parents, child; Outraged civilians torch LTTE office

By Ravi Ladduwahetty – Sri Lanka Editor- Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka Navy saved the lives of 643 civilians who had been fleeing in 35 boats belonging to fisherman amidst the LTTE’s merciless firing in the wee hours of today. Sri Lanka Navy Spokesman Capt D.K.P Dassanayake told Asian Tribune that Naval personnel who were on the alert on the Pudumatharan beach swiftly acting on the scene and foiled merciless LTTE motives to kill the fleeing civilians dispersing LTTE carders on board four dinghies. He also said that the Navy had been able to successfully intercept the LTTE Radio messages and other communications which were sent by Sea Tiger Leader Soosai to four LTTE cadres to shoot at the fleeing civilians but they were saved, thanks to the intervention of the Sri Lanka Navy which arrived at the scene in a cluster of boats and shot at the LTTE boats. The LTTE boats escaped.

'Normalcy' Returns To Pakistan

By Tushar Charan - Syndicate Features

There is hardly anything unexpected in the Pakistani political scene today, though it is not the same thing as saying that, hence, there is nothing to worry about. Bitter political rivalries, apprehensions in the civil society, religious zealots running amuck and prospects of another direct—as opposed to proxy—military rule, are scenes that have been repeated so often in the 60 years of the country’s history that it must have ceased to surprise and shock anyone when the script repeats itself. No matter what happens in Pakistan, whether it reverts to overt military dictatorship or the warring political parties strike another of those 'deals', there is no chance of Pakistan giving up its hostile intentions against India. India has to constantly enhance security on the Pakistani borders and sharpen ways of countering all manner of threat from Pakistan; the debate over the future of 'democracy' in that blighted land is more suitable in the surroundings of five-star seminar circuits

Burma's minorities and controversy surrounding Rohingya refugees

By Nehginpao Kipgen

Antonio Guterres, chief of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), wrapped up his assessment of the plight of one of the world’s most suppressed and controversial Rohingya refugees. The survey mission, which began on March 7 and ended on 12, included a visit to Naypyidaw and Sittwe. "On the basis of his observations and the discussions held, the High Commissioner came to the conclusion that UNHCR's current level of activities in northern Rakhine state does not correspond to the actual needs and a decision was taken to upgrade the program with immediate effect," said the agency statement issued on the last day of Guterres’s visit.

Sri Lanka: as crisis escalates, ICRC continues to assist civilians

In a press release International Committee for Red Cross revealed that "Fighting continues between Sri Lankan government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), prompting growing fears for the lives of those trapped in the conflict area. The ICRC has been bringing a little hope, evacuating the sick and wounded and escorting boats carrying food and limited medicines." The press release further revealed: Tens of thousands of people confined to a rapidly-shrinking area have headed for the coast to escape the fighting, in search of safety, food and medical care. But numbers in the coastal belt held by the LTTE have increased drastically over recent weeks, and clean water is scarce. The area is affected by shelling every day, and the cramped conditions and the lack of water and proper sanitation are putting people at risk of epidemics.

Ranil Wickremesinghe,

Demining Agreement

L.H. Mettananda

<i>Courtesy Sinhala Net</i>

Sufi Muhammad